Do you want to grow flowers for Wednesfield In Bloom?

As we’re back into the growing season again this year, we have a great new venture that we’re getting involved in. Wednesfield is taking part in the “In Bloom” competition, creating a trail of flowers around the town centre area and even though our garden is a little out of the way to be a part of that, we are going to help by sowing seeds and nurturing the flowers over the next two months so they can be sent out to add to the trail.

We have hundreds of packets of seeds ready to be sown so if you’d like to get involved (if you’re new to planting, you will be taught about exactly what to do so don’t worry!), please get in touch at ourownfuture@gmail.com

We always have people there on Wednesdays but we can be there on more days leading up to the event in July so let us know when you can come.

We’re also going to be creating a new flower display area at the garden as well with some great new planters (all made from reclaimed materials as we always do!) so you can help out with both of these things.

A programme for special needs students at the garden

We were happy to welcome a group of students to our garden today to take part in gardening and woodwork activities. It was the first time we’ve had people with special needs and they came through the organisation of the Leonard Cheshire Group.

We had six students and their members of staff who helped with clearing some of the plant beds and with fixing some side panels onto our gazebo.

Both groups worked really well and they got into the jobs straight away. They were a pleasure to work with and they enjoyed what they were doing and learned some new skills.

Maureen coordinated the gardening activity and I led the carpentry one.

We had got 6 doors from Maureen, who had hers replaced and by chance, the fitted exactly onto the sides of the gazebo so we can effectively turn it into a hut – even better for shelter when we have other events in wet weather.

Again, the three boys who worked with me got on with the job with no complaints and we got it done well and within time.

Hopefully, they will come back next year as this is one of the reasons for establishing the garden – so we can bring benefits to different people in our community.

Pumpkin soup evening – 30 Oct

After our successful first community meal at the garden (which I forgot to write about afterwards!), we are going to have another food event on Friday the 30th. This is because we have grown pumpkins for the first time this year and they are approaching the time to be harvested and it makes obvious sense to tie it in with Hallowe’en and have a pumpkin soup get together.

pumpkin soup eveningWe had the organic curry on Saturday the 3rd October and we had some new people come along, including some people who live in the street where the garden is. We were able to get a lot of our homegrown ingredients in and didn’t have to buy any apart from the rice and curry sauce.

IMAG1398It was the first time we’d fired up the rocket stoves and we found that they were really efficient and easy to keep alight.

The visitors enjoyed the korma we made and I have to say that I thought it had a lot of flavour, which is always the way with organic food. It is noticeably much tastier than mass produced food bought in supermarkets.

People were also kind enough to leave donations for our upkeep so many thanks to those who helped out there.

IMAG1400We look forward to having our second food event so soon after this and it will also be our first evening event so please come along for what will certainly be a rich tasting pumpkin soup!